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Choose Wisely, Live Fully: Lessons from Wisdom and Folly, the Two Women of Proverbs
By Donna Gaines
We all need wisdom. Life can throw us some curves and without the sure foundation of God’s Word we can be sent reeling. Proverbs has always drawn me. But it was after hearing a pastor mention the two women of Proverbs that I began to study Wisdom and Folly. What I found astounded me. These two women represent the two paths that Jesus taught about – the narrow path and the broad path. One leads to life and the other to death. We choose the path upon which we travel and the choices we make determine our destination. God has given us His wisdom for living life the way He designed it for our flourishing. Much of this wisdom is contained in the book of Proverbs.
“These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David’s son, Israel’s king – written down so we’ll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going; a manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair; to teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality.
God has paved a pathway with His Word that not only leads to wisdom but to life. Real life. The abundant life that Jesus Christ died to give us. The choice is ours. The only way to choose wisdom and life is to choose Christ. He is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus taught about these two paths and told His followers to “enter through the narrow gate for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mt. 7:13-14).
Excerpt from Choose Wisely, Live Fully: Lessons from Wisdom and Folly, the Two Women of Proverbs
“The economy of the spirit is so different than that of the natural. The broad path that is so appealing actually leads to a life of bondage and constriction. But the narrow gate opens up to life and freedom in Christ that can only be experienced and never fully imagined apart from Christ.
When we are saved, and we choose to obey God’s command to love the Lord with our whole heart, we gain a brand new value system. The value system of the world is turned upside down and inside out. We become small to be exalted; we die to live; we give to receive; we serve; and we choose the lowest place so that God might use us and move us to a higher place for His glory.
Yes, it is radical and it is countercultural. Yes, it goes against every fiber of our flesh, but that is why we must die to our old way of living so that we might come alive to new life in Christ Jesus. We are choosing either life or death with each decision we make. The idea that our decisions affect only us is a lie. Sin ensnares not only the sinner but also those in its wake. We are all leaving a legacy of life or death, blessings or curses (Deuteronomy 30:19).
When we step back and look at the two paths of Proverbs—the blessings
of Wisdom and the curses of Folly—we rightfully ask, “Who in their right mind would choose curses, destruction, and death?” And yet so many of us do just that every day as we choose to go our own way instead of the way of God. When we think we know better than God, when we choose to elevate our reasoning above the truth of Scripture, we are headed down the path that leads to destruction. Not only are we headed down that path, but our choices impact our descendants as well.
As you work through this study, you will be able to examine your own
life and answer the question, “Am I a wise woman or a fool?” If you find that you haven’t made wise choices in the past, you still have a choice with each new day. This is the gospel! God is willing to forgive and to grant you the wisdom that leads to life.
None of us want to be deceived. No one wants to think he or she is headed down one path only to discover it is the wrong path. We must honestly look at our own choices and follow them to their logical end. God makes it very clear: there are only two paths. On which path are you?”